"The Penalty" (1920) is a powerful crime drama, in which Lon Chaney delivers one of his most memorable performances.
An inexperienced doctor needlessly amputates a boy's legs after a traffic accident. The boy grows up to be a criminal mastermind, determined to revenge himself on society and on the doctor that crippled him for life a long time ago.
The film has a strong 7.6 rating in IMDB.
Directed by Wallace Worsley
Produced by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Scenario Charles Kenyon
Based on the novel The Penalty by Gouverneur Morris
Starring Lon Chaney
Cinematography Donovan Short
Editing by J.G. Hawks, Frank E. Hull
Distributed by Goldwyn Pictures
Release dates August 1920
Running time 90 m.
Language Silent film, English intertitles
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